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Cyperus papyrus (photo courtesy of Rob D. Brodman)
Cyperus papyrus (photo courtesy of Rob D. Brodman)

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Cyperus papyrus

Papyrus
Cyperaceae
Perennials

CYPERUS

These African natives are sedges—grasslike plants distinguished from true grasses by three-angled, solid stems and very different flowering parts. Valued for striking form, silhouette, shadow pattern.

Most cyperus grow in rich, moist soil or with roots submerged in water. Keep plants groomed by removing dead or broken stems; divide and replantvigorous plants when the clump becomes too large, saving smaller, outside divisions and discarding the overgrown centers. Beyond their hardiness range, pot up divisions and keep them over the winter as houseplants.

Cyperus papyrus

Tall, graceful, dark green stems to 6–10 ft. tall are topped with clusters of green threadlike parts to 1 1/2 ft. long (longer than small leaves at base of cluster), each tipped with a tiny, brownish flower. Will grow quickly in 2 in. of water in a shallow pool, or can be potted and placed on bricks or an inverted pot in deeper water. Protect from strong wind. Also grows well in rich, moist soil out of water. Naturalized on Kauai. Especially nice for cut-flower arrangements.

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